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Breakthrough cancer treatment saving lives

A new cancer treatment which harnesses the power of the body's own immune system is achieving remarkable results. The breakthrough has been made by scientists at the University of Southampton. A £25m centre for cancer immunology is planned at Southampton General Hospital in 2017 - the fund raising boosted by a £4.5m grant from Solent Local Enterprise Partnership. On World Cancer Day Kerry Swain has been talking to the brains behind this possible 'cure' and to the father of a three year old boy who is alive today thanks to their revolutionary new treatment.

Spelling error caused pensioner's death in hospital

An inquest has concluded that the death of a pensioner from Hampshire was caused by neglect and a spelling error by staff at the hospital she was being treated.

Irmgard Cooper, from Hayling Island, was having a heart operation at Northwick Park Hospital in London but her name was spelt incorrectly. That led to vital blood supplies being sent back and her dying in theatre. Her daughter says she's now lost faith in the NHS. Ria Chatterjee has this report.


Oxford scientists race to stop Zika virus coming to UK

Travellers returning to UK from Rio Olympics can be tested Credit: PA

Researchers in Oxfordshire have developed a test they hope will stop the Zika virus entering the UK.

The test can detect whether someone is infected with the disease, long after other methods cannot. The Oxford-based, Native Antigen Company, are now working on diagnostic kits to screen travellers returning home from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Zika virus was declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ by The World Health Organisation (WHO) this week.

The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitos Credit: Patrick Pleul / DPA/PA Images

Our team is now producing to meet the demand for Zika NS1 from our labs at Cherwell Innovation Centre in addition to developing a diagnostic kit for wide-spread use from the summer."

– Dr. Nick Roesen, Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of The Native Antigen Company

A&E at bursting point - Hospital urges patients to only visit in a real emergency

The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading is urging patients to only visit if it's a REAL emergency after the casualty department has seen its busiest weeks of the year so far.

Usually, A&E staff treat around 250 to 280 people across Saturdays and Sundays. But last weekend there were around 350 people wanting attention. Kate Bunkall has our report.

Family's anxious wait for rehab centre after dad-of-two suffers cardiac arrest

Her partner was left severely brain-damaged, paralysed and blind. A young mother from Hove says she's still struggling to come to terms with the catastrophic consequences of his cardiac arrest.

Sabrina Mason says she has been overwhelmed by the kindness of friends, family and even strangers. But they now have an anxious wait for a bed in a rehabilitation centre. Charlotte Wilkins has our report below:


A food addict - who has lost four stones - is shocked at what he used to eat every day

Chris Mardin began losing weight in January 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

A self-confessed food addict from Southsea has managed to shed four stones and is determined to help others also lose weight.

27-year-old Chris Mardin has lost weight before but then piled it back on. He once weighed more than 33 stones and couldn't walk more than 200 yards.

Chris lost 14 stone before piling the weight back on Credit: ITV Meridian

He is now 29 stones and is being supported by experts in obesity at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

Watch the video to see Chris' reaction when our reporter Kerry Swain showed him what he used to eat every day:

Chris wants a career in health and fitness and help others struggling to control their eating.

Medway Hospital finance director quits after £1.5m payment

It's been branded one of the worst hospitals in the NHS, with high death rates, spiralling debts and it's in special measures. But it's now emerged that the Medway Maritime Hospital's Finance Director has quit after 18 months in the job, after he and his consultancy firm were paid £1.5m. Tom Savvides reports.

Bolt Partners said that, in any project that they're involved in, they have made savings equivalent to a multiple of their fees. In Medway's case, they say they have made savings of around £6.5m.

Stroke survivors expect to be the latest victims in council cuts

Councils across the south east are again struggling to balance the books as they meet to set this year's council tax rate.

Many authorities expect hikes of well over 3% - substantially more than last year's increase. But even with that rise more cuts seem unavoidable.

In East Sussex, the council needs make savings of almost £20 million. Council chiefs in Lewes say if not their deficit could reach £70 million in two year's time.

Funding for projects ranging from supporting isolated people in rural areas to refuges for women and children fleeing domestic violence look set to be hit.

Another of the groups facing funding cuts helps stroke survivors and their carers.

Andy Dickenson has our report. He speaks to Anne Harrington-Lowe and Judy Walker, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association.

Mother's epilepsy campaign after death of daughter pregnant with twins

Pregnant Kirsty Walker died after having an epileptic seizure last year

The mother of a heavily pregnant woman who died on Christmas Eve, just weeks before giving birth to twins, is urging people to be more aware of epilepsy and how to help someone who has a seizure.

Debbie Walker from Thatcham in Berkshire, wants to raise awareness of the condition and how people can help in an emergency. Her daughter Kirsty was due to give birth to twins next month, but she died after suffering an epileptic fit. Paramedics were unable to save Kirsty or her unborn twin girls.

Penny Silvester's report includes an interview with Leigh Slocombe, the Chief Executive of Epilepsy Research UK.

The NHS Choices website has advice on what to do if you see someone having a seizure. The tips covered include:

  • move them away from anything that could cause injury – such as a busy road or hot cooker
  • cushion their head if they're on the ground
  • loosen any tight clothing around their neck – such as a collar or tie, to aid breathing
  • when their convulsions stop, turn them so that they're lying on their side
  • stay with them and talk to them calmly until they have recovered
  • note the time the seizure starts and finishes
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